Peter Baker's Fishing Report, Journal

OUTDOORS

April 22, 1993

**** EXCELLENT.. *** GOOD .. .. ** FAIR .. .. * POOR

.. .. . .. .. .. SALT WATER .. .. . .. .. .. OCEAN Inshore * Some flounder catches reported in the Wachapreague, Va. area, but still early in the year for most areas.

Offshore * Boston mackerel run has been a bust so far, but headboats are taking some tautog and spiny dogfish along with a few mackerel on day trips.

;-.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. CHESAPEAKE BAY * Early run of bluefish has not materialized and rockfish season doesn't open until May 1. DNR theorizes that heavy rainfall this spring has made bay waters too fresh for big spring bluefish.

:,.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. POTOMAC RIVER Upper tidal *** 1/2 Largemouth bass fishing has been good in the Washington, D.C., area even with waters high and muddy. Washington Channel and Columbia Island Marina tend to be as many as 10 degrees warmer than main river and are good bets. Warm water discharge at Blue Plains also always a good bet. Jigs and crankbaits are good lures to try this time of year. Best fishing has been in the Mattawoman area, where three- to five-pound bass have been holding at the creek mouth before moving upstream. In the creeks, try plastic worms around wood cover, but in coves at the creek mouths try fire-tiger crankbaits.

2$.. . .. .. .. .. .. .. OTHER RIVERS Patapsco *** White perch fishing good in spots from Benedict to Wayson's Corner on small jigs and minnows. Bass fishing good above Jug Bay.

Susquehanna * The river has been running high from recent rains and is colder than normal. Susquehanna flats have been muddy, but marinas and breakwaters will hold bass where the water is several degrees warmer than the main stem. Plastic worms and grubs will work well on bass.

Choptank *** Water in upper river has been muddy, but warming. Bass holding near wood cover and on the edges of lily pad flats, where spinnerbaits will work well. Use plastics around wood. Yellow perch may still be holding in deeper holes, and white perch should be moving back downstream. Catfish activity picking up also.

Chester *** White perch are getting scarce around Millington, but farther down river there is good action on catfish and perch as they head for deeper water.

Wicomico *** Around Salisbury there is good bass fishing with spinnerbaits and plastics around marina pilings, bulkheads and boat docks. Some white perch in the area as well.

FRESHWATER LAKES AND RIVERS

Upper Potomac River * River still is high and falling slowly. Almost four inches of rain this month have the river muddy as well. Temperature in the low- to mid-50s, but fishing conditions are bad.

Patapsco River * In the Ellicott City area, river is clear, but very high and better suited to river running than fishing.

RESERVOIRS

Liberty *** Crappie and bluegills and occasional catches of rockfish reported.

Loch Raven *** Bluegill and crappie fishing has been good, with Peerce's Cove and Goetze's Cove good locations.

Piney Run *** Crappie, bluegills and scattered catches of rockfish reported.

WARD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition is being held at the Convention Center in Ocean City this weekend and offers a chance to see the work of some of the best wildfowl artists in the world.

The judging begins tomorrow at 10 a.m., and the awards presentation is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. An auction of wildfowl art is scheduled for Sunday at noon.

General show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and fTC Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

A three-day pass to the show costs $16, and daily admission is $8. Student and seniors tickets are $7, and children 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

BOAT SHOW

The Annapolis Spring Boat Show opens today at the Annapolis Yacht Basin and harbor. The spring show is sponsored by the Marine Trades Association of Maryland and the Yacht Architects and Brokers Association.

New and used boats will be on display ashore and in the water, running from a 15-foot racing dinghy to a 44-foot Beneteau cruiser.

RF All used boats on display will be listed by participating brokers.

Shoreside exhibitors, which will be housed in more than 100 tents, will be selling new and used equipment, accessories and services.

The show opens at 10 a.m. each day. Admission is $6 and $3 for children 12 and under.

CALENDAR

Through Sept. 26: Opening of Chesapeake Changes, a natural history exhibit that focuses on the geology, geography, wildlife and human settlement in the 64,000-square mile watershed of the bay, Explorers Hall of the National Geographic Society, 17 and M streets NW, Washington, D.C.

Today-Sunday: Annapolis Spring Boat Show at the Annapolis Yacht Basin. For more information, call (410) 268-8828.

Today: Monthly meeting of the Prince George's County Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, VFW Post 5627, 5051 Branchville Road, College Park, 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome.

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